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Seeking help on curriculum design for kids

Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:08 am

Hi,

We are Girl Scout Coders, a nonprofit organization in US. We promote computer science to girl scouts by providing 2 hour coding workshops. Raspberry Pi is on our program list. We are seeking volunteers to help us design the curriculum.

* Our Web Site: http://girlscoutcoders.org/
* Curriculum Design Guideline: https://dev.girlscoutcoders.org/get-inv ... um-design/
* Sample Curriculum: https://girlscoutcoders.org/patches/python/requirement/

We can be reached at: [email protected]. Thank you for your help in advance!

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Re: Seeking help on curriculum design for kids

Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:20 pm

gsc wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:08 am
Hi,

We are Girl Scout Coders, a nonprofit organization in US. We promote computer science to girl scouts by providing 2 hour coding workshops. Raspberry Pi is on our program list. We are seeking volunteers to help us design the curriculum.

* Our Web Site: http://girlscoutcoders.org/
* Curriculum Design Guideline: https://dev.girlscoutcoders.org/get-inv ... um-design/
* Sample Curriculum: https://girlscoutcoders.org/patches/python/requirement/

We can be reached at: [email protected]. Thank you for your help in advance!
Are the badges already decided? I like how there is a ScratchJr and a Scratch badge. Rather than badges for JavaScript, Python, C++ and so on, it might be better to have Python 1, Python 2 and Python 3. Otherwise, you are in danger of teaching simple things in many different languages rather than depth using one. It should also be easier to find instructors and materials for Python.

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Re: Seeking help on curriculum design for kids

Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:45 pm

Thank you for your suggestions!

Our program serves as the "very first" step to inspire girls on STEM, which is to convince the girls that: CS is fun, not boring; CS is not rocket science, I can do it. Once they become interested and want to pursue more, there are other great, in-depth programs we will introduce them to, such as CodeDojo, Technovation Challenge, etc

As a result, our workshops are organized in a Fun and Easy setting, and the curriculum development focus on coverage (grade levels, categories, etc) instead of depth. In the example of Python, the girls will hear the buzz word of "Python" and get a first hand experience in two hours. After the workshop, they can move on to CodeDojo for Python 1,2,3 if they are interested to learn more.

Since we already offer patch workshops on Scratch, Python, etc, Raspberry Pi patch is a naturally extension for the girls to earn. The girls in the troop (like 5 girls) could share a Raspberry Pi in order to reduce the cost per girl to minimum (we don't want them spend too much money for 2 hours activity).

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Re: Seeking help on curriculum design for kids

Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:34 pm

Raspberry Pi have recently partnered with the UK Scouting Association to create new activities. There may be something in there that may help you.

https://members.scouts.org.uk/supportre ... oduleID=10

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Re: Seeking help on curriculum design for kids

Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:56 pm

Perfect! Thank you so much!

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Re: Seeking help on curriculum design for kids

Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:30 pm

You don't mention having read the Raspberry Pi Foundation curriculum for Digital Makers...

https://curriculum.raspberrypi.org

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Re: Seeking help on curriculum design for kids

Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:54 pm

Thank you for the Curriculum page! Unfortunately, there are so many example projects in the curriculum, and there is no indication of "Difficulty Level".

Could someone recommend a couple "Most Basic Level" example projects? Similar as these "starter apps" for App Inventor: http://appinventor.mit.edu/explore/ai2/ ... ideos.html. We'd like to pick one example project per language:
- Scratch
- Python
- HTML/CSS

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Re: Seeking help on curriculum design for kids

Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:29 am

gsc wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:54 pm
Thank you for the Curriculum page! Unfortunately, there are so many example projects in the curriculum, and there is no indication of "Difficulty Level".
The projects are organized by difficulty using a special code:

1. Creator = Easy
2. Builder = Medium
3. Developer = Advanced
4. Builder = Difficult

The fact that these names appear to be chosen precisely because their common usage does not indicate what is easy or hard is an interesting comment on society and education.

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Re: Seeking help on curriculum design for kids

Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:47 am

Thank you! Glad to learn the 'special code' on the difficulty level, that helps a lot!

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Re: Seeking help on curriculum design for kids

Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:46 am

There's also the Code Club projects (now run by the RPF). All Code Clubs must register, but anyone is able to access and use the course material available. There are projects for Scratch, Python and HTML/CSS, along with some for the micro:bit, Sonic Pi and the Raspberry Pi and Sense Hat (with online emulators).

I help run an official Code Club in our main Library and the kids (aged from 7 to 12) love the projects.

https://www.codeclub.org.uk/

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Re: Seeking help on curriculum design for kids

Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:18 am

Thank you for the Code Club site! The projects are so well designed and structured. We have been seeking curriculum for young girls especially at elementary school age (a high percentage of girl scouts are under 13). Code Club's projects are for 9-13, which are great resources.

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Re: Seeking help on curriculum design for kids

Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:56 am

gsc wrote:
Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:18 am
Thank you for the Code Club site! The projects are so well designed and structured. We have been seeking curriculum for young girls especially at elementary school age (a high percentage of girl scouts are under 13). Code Club's projects are for 9-13, which are great resources.
Four of our last lot of Code Club kids were girls. They were some of the youngest members. They were also some of the keenest. They'll be continuing with the projects at home, now they've finished at our Club.

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